Judge rules that kids can sue the US government for inaction on climate change

thepowerisyours2_1024In an unprecedented move, a US judge has given a group of 21 youths permission to sue the federal government for threatening their future health and security by failing to take sufficient action against climate change, despite being aware of the risks.

“This decision is one of the most significant in our nation’s history,” said the kids’ attorney, Philip Gregory. “The Court gave America’s youth a fair opportunity to be heard … The next step is for the Court to order our government to cease jeopardising the climate system for present and future generations.”

The lawsuit was brought before Oregon Federal District Court Magistrate, Judge Thomas Coffin, who ruled against dismissing the case. The plaintiffs in this case were 21 young people, aged between eight and 19, as well as top climate scientist James Hansen.

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